Having looked over the reactions of my fellow bloggers, reading the transcript of the speech, and watching various video clips of President Obama’s State of the Union speech, I think I’m going to have to echo Supreme Court Judge Alito’s silent comment:
Not true. Or at least, not wholly truthful.
I’m not going to mirror the detail and comments of my fellow bloggers except for the following thoughts:
The State of the Union Speech seemed like a retrenching speech, understanding only that a Republican’s victory in Democratic Massachusetts was a smack on the Democrat’s proboscis with a rolled up newspaper, but not any great setback from the agenda that Obama has set for the Congress to complete. Yes, health care reform was put on the back burner somewhat, but it is still there waiting for some miraculous compromise. So is cap and trade / climate change legislation. A greater emphasis was put on the economy and jobs, but the steps that the President wants to take in helping Americans has a great potential in stifling recovery. But he is still pushing that agenda. So I have to echo this thought from an election in the not so distant past –
It’s the economy, stupid!
It was always been the economy, not healthcare reform, that concerns Americans. If we don’t have jobs, then healthcare is almost irrelevant if we don’t have the money to pay for food on the table and a roof over our heads. With the economy tanking and job losses each month in the hundreds of thousands, did we, as a nation, really give a rat’s behind about health care reform, especially with millions of bribes written into it? No!! Passing ill conceived legislation stuffed to the gills with pork concerns Americans because we will have to pay for it!
These inane antics of Congress and the President’s constant breaking of campaign promises does not lend credibility to either institution. When trillions of dollars are spent freely by the Congress and approved by the President while hard-working people are put out of jobs and still expected to pay the bills just to live, is it any wonder that Tea Party demonstrations were organized across the country? Haven’t the politicians been paying attention, or are they completely clueless?
Perhaps Scott Brown’s assertions that an elected seat doesn’t “belong” to anyone except the People of the country resonated with Massachusetts’s voters. I fully expect it to resonate in the upcoming mid-year elections, especially if voters ask themselves if their elected representative represented the will of the People instead of the will of the Party they belong to. That, my friends, is the beginning of real change that needs to take place in government, and not more flowery speeches by a community organizer playing President.